South Utica residents talk possible lawsuit against city over apartment complex

Residents in South Utica gathered to discuss the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the City of Utica, over the recent plans to build an apartment complex on Sunset Ave.

Posted: Oct 10, 2019 12:03 AM
Updated: Oct 10, 2019 9:01 AM

SOUTH UTICA - On Wednesday night, residents in South Utica gathered to discuss the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the City of Utica over the recent plans to build an apartment complex on Sunset Ave. 

The Kelberman Center is looking to turn the former Sunset School into a 60-unit apartment complex. Twelve units would be for individuals on the autism spectrum, and the rest for low to moderate income individuals. 

Residents at the meeting on Wednesday told NEWSChannel 2 the purpose for the meeting was to decide whether or not the neighborhood was willing to raise money for a lawsuit. 

South Utica resident, Lindsay Bonanza said a decision was made, "They decided to pledge money to officially start our lawsuit against this process and against what happened to our neighborhood and to put the city on official notice that this can't be happening." 

South Utica residents say the project is too large to move into the neighborhood, and a lack of transparency from the city has not helped the issue. 

They want to hold the City of Utica accountable for that they feel was not following the process clearly laid out in city codes. 

You can also find the group on Facebook, 'Save South Utica's Neighborhood.' There, you can find out more from their stance of the proposed lawsuit.

NEWSChannel 2 is reaching out to City of Utica officials and are waiting to hear back. 

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